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PIERRE ESCOBAR

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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CURRICULUM VITAE

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WORK BUILT / IN CONSTRUCTION

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Tokyo Expo Havre Brusilia Egg

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COMPETITIONS

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Roppongi Core Concrete Utopia Bohemian Tower Saving Venice Kiosk

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RESEARCH

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N36 + N161 Tokyo Architecture Guide Yo

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EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

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Pontseiger Mercon competition Silos competition

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Cage aux ourses Eu district

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CURRICULUM VITAE

Personnal information Name Address Phone Birth Email Website

Escobar Pierre 27 rue des sables 1000 Brussels, Belgium +32.493.182.553 16/10/1985, Madrid, Spain escobarpierre@gmail.com www.ep-a.eu

Professionnal experience July 2010 - Feb 2011 Mar 2010 - Apr 2010 Sep 2008 - Jun 2009

MSA, quai des Charbonnages, 30-34, 1080, Brussels, Collaborator 51N4E, rue Delauney, 52, 1080 Brussels, Freelance Arons&Gelauff, Gedempt Hamerkanaal, 92, 1021, Amsterdam, Intern

Teaching experience Jan 2011 - Present Sep 2010 - Jan 2011

ULB, place Flagey, 19, 1050, Brussels, Guest critic ULB, place Flagey, 19, 1050, Brussels, Teacher assistant

Education 2009-2011 2008-2009 2005-2008 2004-2005 1991-2004

ISACF La Cambre, Bruxelles. Master in Architecture (in progress) Academie Van Bouwkunst, Amsterdam, Exchange program ISACF La Cambre, Bruxelles. 2008, Bachelor in Architecture Ecole Nationale Superieur des Arts Visuels, Bruxelles. Industrial Design European school of Brussels II. 2004 European Diploma

Languages French English Spanish German Dutch

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Informatic skills InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Autocad, VectorWorks, Sketchup.

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Exhibitied work 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2008 2008

ROPPONGICORE in the Ordre des architectes - Brussels, BE KIOSK in the Cap Nord - Namur, BE CYBERSPACE in the TU delft, NL WATERTOWER in the Studio 5 - Portland, USA ROPPONGICORE in the Bozar Museum - Brussels, BE SAVING VENICE in the RGU - Aberdeen, UK NL CITY in the 4th International Architecture Biennale - NAI, Rotterdam, NL CONCRETE UTOPIA in the TUE - Eindhoven, NL CONCRETE UTOPIA in the ITU Taskisla - Istanbul, TK CONCRETE UTOPIA in the ‘Belgian Concrete day’ - Palais du Heyzel - Brussels, BE ROPPONGICORE in the Japanese Cultural Center - Brussels, BE ROPPONGICORE in ISACF La Cambre Museum - Brussels, BE DEVV in ‘Les journées de l’environnement’ - Musée du Cinquentenaire - Brussels, BE DEVV in in the ISACF La Cambre Museum - Brussels, BE

Published work 2011 2011 2010 2010 2009 2008

BINEROTTE in ‘InDeSem 2011’ - TU Delft ROPPONGICORE in A+ 231 - feb ‘11 - Brussels CONCRETE UTOPIA in A+ 225 - feb ‘10 - Brussels ROPPONGICORE in ‘Tokyo Space Speculation’ - ISACF La Cambre - Brussels NLCITY in ‘Foaming at the edge’ - Berlage institut - Rotterdam DEVV in ‘DEVV’ - La Cambre Architecture - Brussels

Workshops 2011 2011 2010 2009

Guest student at the Matsuri workshop in Ishinomaki, Japan. Guest student at the ‘Losing Ground’ workshop at the TU Delft. Guest student at the ‘Concrete design’ workshop with Valerio Olgiati at the TU Istanbul Guest student at the ‘foaming at the edge’ workshop with Lars Lerup at the Berlage Institut in Rotterdam

Awards 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2008

BINEROTTE, 1st Prize - International Design Seminar, TU Delft SAVING VENICE, Finalist - Tesseract Competition ROPPONGICORE, 2nd Prize - Final Layout Competition CONCRETE UTOPIA, 1st Prize - 4th internationnal Concrete design competition ROPPONGICORE, nominy - Prix d’architecture La Cambre 2010 DEVV, nominy - Prix d’architecture La Cambre 2008

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PROJECTS BUILT / IN CONSTRUCTION


TOKYO EXPO

Status - Built - 2010 - Location - Japanese Cultural Center of Brussels, BE Program - Exhibition Team - Julien Deloffre, Pierre Escobar, Charles de Finance, Sylvain Guillaume, Geoffrey Grulois, Yannick Vanhaelen, Pauline Varloteaux.

Summary The Space Speculation studio exhibited a personal interpretation of Tokyo during the summer 2010 at the Japanese cultural center of Brussels. Our task was to organize, produce the content and make the scenography of the exhibition. The main idea was to show Tokyo in three scales (The city, the district and the building scale) through different means of communication. The main focus of the exhibition explores the polycentric structure of Tokyo by mapping, analysing and reconfiguring the urban and architectural condition of five subcenters: Omotesando, Shibuya, Roppongi, Akihabara and Ginza. Following highly analytical processes, an iconic project emerges for each hub. These projects offer their own unique vision on the future urban, architectural and social form of the hub. The second part of the exhibition shows in depth analysis of some masterpieces of domestic architecture in Japan. The spatial qualities of these buildings will be represented in a ten minute movie. As a whole the exhibition portrays a visionary reading of the culture of congestion in Tokyo through the lens of a new generation of architects in Brussels.

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TOKYO EXPO

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Images of the exhibition opening


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TOKYO EXPO

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Images of the exhibition opening


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HAVRE

Status - Built - 2008 - 2010 - Location - Mons, BE Program - Chalet Team - Pierre Escobar, Jean Baptiste de Royer

Summary Our client had bought a forest and a hill in the middle of Wallonia. He had built his house on the foot of the hill, but wanted another building for guests or temporary artists. The main challenge of this project was the tight budget of 4000 euros and the big slope. Therefore, we proposed to design a simple module and to repeat it in different angles, to re-use already existing materials and to build it ourself with the client. The foundations are made of old wheels and trees found in the forest. They are used as a floating platform on the unstable hill. The rest of the building is a simple wood structure with a sandwich envelope covered by a rain protection. The result is a main room with kitchen and living space with a huge window overlooking at the vallley and a secodary room divided in a cosy corner and a sleeping spot. The two spaces create a duality between a horizontal open space and a vertical closed space.

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HAVRE

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Images of the construction and exploded axonometry of the project


Living spaces

Structure

Envelope

Fondations

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HAVRE

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Inside views


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BRUSSILIA

Status - In progress - 2011 - expected in 2012 - Location - Brussels, BE Program - Apartment Team - Pierre Escobar, Yannick Vanhaelen

Summary The main caracteristic of this apartment is the modernist way to compartementalise every function in one room. This led to a lot of circulation spaces and doors. Our first impression was that this apartment had a lof of unused potential. First, its transversality is nearly unexistant in the inside spatialities, the circulation areas are not used for any other activites, and the dinning room feels like a long extension of the kitchen. Our proposal is therfore to take advantage these unused potentials into real spatial qualities. This process can be resumed in three steps: The first step is to erase all the walls. The kitchen and the bathroom are not touched as the budget is very tight. The second step is to use the technical knot in the middle of the appartement a as a big piece of fourniture. The third step is to let this central element create spaces around with sliding doors and rotating walls. Instead of trying to renovate the entire apartment with a too tight budget, this project focuses the main part of the budget in a small, but very important part of the appartement, allowing a certain level of luxury with a tight budget. In a longer future, the client will be able to renovate the kitchen, the bathroom or the floor without having to touch the main spatiality of the project.

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dinosaur’s footprint

versatile inner courtyard

flat outside facades

new situation

moulding

old situation

Therefore, the proposition is to use the old urban block as a mould for a new building, in other words, to use versatility as a tool for creating a monolith. The new building will offer a strong identity, a smooth limit between the public and the private and a new typology in the Brusselian urban tissue.

The main idea is to build an adapted new block that takes into account the footprint of the anterior building. This challenge could be met by taking advantage of the exceptional moulding characteristics of concrete. Remarkable examples of the latter are the historical footprints of dinosaurs in natural concrete.

Proposal BRUSSILIA Process in three parts: The existing situation, the destruction, the reconstruction


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dinosaur’s footprint

versatile inner courtyard

flat outside facades

in the Brusselian urban tissue.

new situation

moulding

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BRUSSILIA

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New situation with the sliding door and the rotating wall


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EGG

Status - In construction - 2011 - expected in 2012 - Location - Mons, BE Program - Cottage Team - Pierre Escobar, Jean Baptiste de Royer

Summary The project consists of a tea pavillon in a tree with a zero budget. We proposed to build a geodesic sphere in the trees to enable a 360’ view. The main structure is made of recyled wooden panels, a ladder and two wodden beams.The Sphere’s knots are made of found wooden panels joined by tree trunks. The structure will be covered by a waterproof fabric.

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EGG

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Images of the construction


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COMPETITIONS


ROPPONGICORE

Status - Academic project - ISACF La Cambre - 2010 - Location - Tokyo, JP La Cambre prix d’architecture - Nominy Final Layout COmpetition - 2nd Prize Program - Train Station Team - Pierre Escobar

Summary The task of this project was to propose an urban intervention in the city of Tokyo. The main ambition was to work on Roppongi and to develop a critical analysis of the district as a base for a project. The Project feeds from two opposite aspects. The first is a critical analysis of the real estate projects around Roppongi. The second is the need for Roppongi to assume a status of subcenter. Roppongi is sometimes considered as a subcenter. The truth is that it doesn’t have the characteristics of a subcenter, it doesn’t have enough connections, enough density and enough intensity. Nevertheless several elements make it clear that it will become one in a near future. First the traditional spiral masterplan of Tokyo goes directly through Roppongi. Then, the new urban policy is to densify the center. Finally, as Tokyo/Ginza and Shibuya are increasing, Roppongi nearly touches the two subcenters. The goal of the project is to combine an intensification project with a critical intervention on the Real estate projects. The new JR Mori line connects Roppongi directly to Shibuya and Tokyo station but also to the suburbs in the east and the southwest. The new railway line uses the already existing highway and stops just above the Roppongi crossing. The first part of the program proposes to redefine the Roppongi station by connecting the new line to the two old ones and by introducing a typical program from an intermodal knot. The second part of the program is to take the so-called cultural and public activities from Roppongi Hills and connect them directly to the new Roppongi station. The new intervention is a 60 000 m2 building framing the new core of Roppongi. Public, fluid, open to urban life and to the rest of Tokyo.

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ROPPONGICORE

The challenges of Roppongi: The sociocultural mixity, the scale confrontations and the ambiguous status of Roppongi as a subcenter

WHY DO YOU ALWAYS COPY ME?

I WAS THERE BEFORE, YOU BASTARD

THE ROPPONGI TEAM

THE ROPPONGI TEAM

DIOR DIOR DIOR LETS HAVE SUSHIS

DIOR DIOR WORKDIOR WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK TSSTSS WAZUP DOG

LETS HAVE SUSHIS

TSSTSS WAZUP DOG

HEY YOU I LOVE YOU...

HEY YOU I LOVE YOU... WHAT THE F*CK AM I DOING HERE? STUPID CAMERA! I AM A MONUMENT

WHAT THE F*CK AM I DOING HERE?

STUPID CAMERA! I AM A MONUMENT

SH I

A BUY TOKYO

SHINJUKU

3 1 2 NOT YET HONEY, MAYBE NEXT YEAR I WISH I HAD A MULTIMODAL STATION

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ROPPONGICORE

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Ambiance images


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CONCRETE UTOPIA

Status - Concrete Design Competition 2010 - !st Prize - Location - Brussels, BE Program - Concrete Team - Pierre Escobar, Yannick Vanhaelen

Summary The task of the competition was to produce an architectural project for the 4th Concrete design competition Monolith, exploring versatility. Brusselian Urban blocks Brussels is a city of courtyard blocks consisting of thin private houses. As a result of strict regulations the facades of these buildings are flat and therefore generate a strong public/private limit. Consequently the inside courtyards turn out to be fragmented spaces made out of private gardens and extensions. The most interesting part of the urban block is thus introverted and hidden from the public space. Unadapted typology Simultaneously the Brusselian traditional housing system is not anymore adapted to the present demands. As there is an enormous need for apartments, houses are frequently divided into lower-standard dwellings. These renovations often imply an extension on the garden-side, which accentuates the complex inside-courtyard. The Brusselian urban block, which used to resemble Gouda slices, increasingly becomes like an old Gruyere. Proposal The main idea is to build an adapted new block that takes into account the footprint of the anterior building. This challenge could be met by taking advantage of the exceptional moulding characteristics of concrete. Remarkable examples of the latter are the historical footprints of dinosaurs in natural concrete. Therefore, the proposition is to use the old urban block as a mould for a new building, in other words, to use versatility as a tool for creating a monolith. The new building will offer a strong identity, a smooth limit between the public and the private and a new typology in the Brusselian urban tissue. Jury Report: The proposal stresses the inadequacy of the traditional urban block as it exists in Brussels. This system based on terraced houses which enclose an internal domain consisting of private gardens and annexes, is challenged by the increasing demand for smaller dwelling units, such as apartments and studio’s. The proposal considers the internal space as a mould for an urban block thus characterized by a complex outer envelope. Whereas it highlights difference and variation in its external features, it treats inner space as homogeneous mass. It thereby suggests that the expression of individuality and diversity is a mere compensation for an awesome tendency towards the generic. This metaphorical project operates a critical twist on the competition theme.

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CONCRETE UTOPIA

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The process in three steps and image of the whole project


Brusselian urban block, which used to resemble Gouda slices, in creasingly becomes like an old Gruyere. Proposal The main idea is to build an adapted new block that takes into account the footprint of the anterior building. This challenge could be met by taking advantage of the exceptional moulding characteristics of concrete. Remarkable examples of the latter are the historical footprints of dinosaurs in natural concrete. Therefore, the proposition is to use the old urban block as a mould for a new building, in other words, to use versatility as a tool for creating a monolith. The new building will offer a strong identity, a smooth limit between the public and the private and a new typology in the Brusselian urban tissue. flat outside facades

versatile inner courtyard

dinosaur’s footprint

situation old Old situation

moulding Moulding

newNew situation situation

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ING THE BRUSSELIAN URAN BLOCK CONCRETE UTOPIA

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Ambiance images


ONCRETE UTOPIA -

RETHI

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BOHEMIAN TOWER

Status - Arquitectum Competition 2011 - Location - Barcelona, SP Program - Hotel Team - Pierre Escobar, Yannick Vanhaelen

Summary The task of the competition was to propose a 100 meter high hostel tower in the Gothic district of Barcelona. Our proposal aims to offer continuity to the fragmented public space around the site: Visiting Barcelona is a unique and wild experience. The gothic district has one of the strongest urban atmospheres of Barcelona and its urban tissue offers unique qualities. Our proposal aims to offer continuity to the fragmented public space around the MacBa. To do so, the tower is placed in the middle of the urban block, preventing an aggressive confrontation with the district and creating spaces for various public activities. The fact that the hotel tower is situated in the center of Barcelona allows it to be visually connected to the rest of the city. The tower is twisted so that each room has a different view on Barcelona, offering a unique experience and relationship to the city. A strong relationship between the tourist and the city is thus guaranteed. Splitting one floor out of two in the hotel program finally permits to offer a true bohemian and Barcelonese experience: the openair spaces in between can be used as chill-out spaces, for group activities, evening talks with a tremendous view or even extra space for camping or for new rooms in a short future.

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BOHEMIAN TOWER

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Ambiance images


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SAVING VENICE

Status - Tesseract Competition 2011 - Finalist Location - Venice, IT Program - Hotel/Barrage Team - Pierre Escobar, Yannick Vanhaelen

Summary The task of the competition was to imagine a city in 100 years. We chose Venice: It’s a dark time for the human civilization; the rise of the water-level permanently changed the surface of the earth into a Waterworld. However, a small island still survives: Venice, with the help of generous donators and inventive architects, built a cylindrical wall around the city. This object serves not only as a protection against floods, but also as a massive hotel infrastructure for the only remains of modern civilization. Venice is now a heavenly atoll in the middle of an infinite ocean.

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SAVING VENICE

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View of the proposal from the sky and Axonometric section: All the hotel rooms have an amazing view on Venice and a direct train acces through the loop line.


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Ambiance images


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KIOSK

Status - City of Namur Competition 2011 - Location - Namur, BE Program - Music Kiosk Team - Pierre Escobar, Yannick Vanhaelen

Summary The task of the competition was to design a music kiosk on a square of Namur. Our proposal is to consider the contemporary kiosk as a proactive urban element of the city. Therefore, the process consists of producing interactions between the kiosk and the city by using the tools of circulation, views and buffer spaces.

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KIOSK

Process and ambiance image

Axes

Orientations

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KIOSK

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Axonometries of the project


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RESEARCH


36 + 161

Status - Completed - 2009 - Location - Brussels, BE Theme - Book Team - Philippe Declerck, Pierre Escobar, Yannick Vanhaelen

Summary The task of this research was to analyse the impact of the new Regional Train System of Brussels (RER) by comparing the two already built lines: The N36 from Brussels to Leuven and the N161 from Brussels to Louvain la Neuve. This comparative analysis is divided in three different chapters: What, How and why. The What part analysis the historical aspect of the train line. It then analysis the way people use these lines. The How part analysis the conflicts of interests behind the project and the political decisions and the financing of the project. It then anylises and the way the new line is added to the extisting infrastructure and the real estate projects around the new system. The Why part tries to look at the project in a larger scale and in relation the high speed train system and the diabolo line to Zaventem airport. The result of this research is that the Walonian region and the flamish region each have very different interests in the Brussels RER project and that these are also very different from the intentions of Brussels Capital Region.

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TOKYO ARCHITECTURE GUIDE

Status - Completed - 2010 - Location - Tokyo, JP Theme - Book Team - Pierre Escobar, Julien Deloffre

Summary As a preparation for a year of research on Tokyo, this project comes as an introduction and as a discovery of Tokyo’s young architectural scene. This architecture book is divided in two parts: First, an analysis of each subcenters, their histories, their caracteristics and their ambitions. Then it gives a list of 150 buildings less than 15 years old with their location on a map and their main informations.

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TOKYO SPACE SPECULATION

Status - Completed - 2011 - Location - Tokyo, JP Theme - Book Team - Pierre Escobar, Julien Deloffre, Geoffrey Grulois

Summary The space speculation studio conceives design as part of an inductive process of urban research. Each semester, an empirical study of a specific metropolitan condition explores a wide range of new hypotheses. During the first semester of 2010, Tokyo was analyzed with the aim to reevaluate the question of transport infrastructure in the city. Tokyo was chosen in order to open up the approach and to distance itself from the European postmodern view of mobility. As an example of the European postmodern mobility, Brussels’ recent history exemplifies the dramatic denial of modern transport infrastructure in the city. The construction of the northsouth railway junction, the subway tunnels, and the highway viaducts have long been seen asresponsible for the destruction of public spaces and of the quality of the urban environment. The north, west and south train stations and surroundings are stigmatized as worthless urban space due to the presence of large-scale railway infrastructure. Tokyo allows us to question this dogmatic viewpoint by exploring the potential of railway infrastructure and of intermodal nodes in restructuring the urban space. The research was implicitly motivated by the acknowledgement that in the near future, European cities such as Brussels will have to face a massive modal shift to public transport if they want to overcome the dramatic problem of traffic congestion and pollution. We are currently undertaking a research on Brussels that will soon be published and will show that this modal shift can only be realized by considering the railway infrastructure as the backbone of urban redevelopment. Therefore, the research on Tokyo and its present report are the first step in reevaluating the vital role of railway infrastructure of metropolitan cities. In combination, all research on Tokyo and Brussels should allow us to overcome the postmodern assumption that large-scale transport infrastructures are - de facto damaging the quality of the urban fabric and of public space. In contrast, the Tokyo project reveals that transport infrastructure and intermodal nodes can regain the central role they once assumed in the European modern metropolis.

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EMPLOYMENT HISTORY


PONTSEIGER

Status - In progress - 2009 - Location - Amsterdam, NL Program - Housing Team - Floor Arons, Arnoud Gelauff, Thomas Harms, David Smidt Van Gelder, Pierre Escobar.

Task Design study of the public space and commercial programs of the groundfloor ( 20 weeks)

ARONS & GELAUFF Adress: Gedempt Hamerkanaal, 92, 1021, Amsterdam Position: Intern Dates: September 2008 - June 2009


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PONTSEIGER

Images of the groundfloor intervention

ARONS & GELAUFF Adress: Gedempt Hamerkanaal, 92, 1021, Amsterdam Position: Intern Dates: September 2008 - June 2009


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MERCON

Status - Competition - 1st Prize - 2009 - Location - Gorichem, NL Program - Offices Team - Floor Arons, Arnoud Gelauff, Pierre Escobar, Donna Van Milligen Bielke

Task Complete competition phase. Design proposal and production of graphic documents ( 12 weeks)

ARONS & GELAUFF Adress: Gedempt Hamerkanaal, 92, 1021, Amsterdam Position: Intern Dates: September 2008 - June 2009


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MERCON

Ambiance images

ARONS & GELAUFF Adress: Gedempt Hamerkanaal, 92, 1021, Amsterdam Position: Intern Dates: September 2008 - June 2009


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ANNIE MG SCHMIDT HOUSE

Status - Competition - 1st Prize - 2009 - Location - Amsterdam, NL Program - Museum Team - Floor Arons, Arnoud Gelauff, Pierre Escobar, John Bosh

Task Complete competition phase. Design proposal and production of graphic documents ( 12 weeks)

ARONS & GELAUFF Adress: Gedempt Hamerkanaal, 92, 1021, Amsterdam Position: Intern Dates: September 2008 - June 2009


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ANNIE MG SCHMIDT HOUSE

Ambiance images

ARONS & GELAUFF Adress: Gedempt Hamerkanaal, 92, 1021, Amsterdam Position: Intern Dates: September 2008 - June 2009


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CAGE AUX OURSES

Status - Competition - 1st Prize - 2011 - Location - Brussels, Belgium Program - Public space + bridge Team - Benoit Moritz, Jean Marc Simon, Alain Simon, Pierre Escobar

Task Complete competition phase. Design proposal and production of graphic documents ( 2 weeks)

MSA + NEY & PARTNERS Adress: quai des Charbonnages, 30-34, 1080, Brussels Position: Archtiect Dates: July 2010 - February 2011


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CAGE AUX OURSES

Ambiance image

MSA + NEY & PARTNERS Adress: quai des Charbonnages, 30-34, 1080, Brussels Position: Archtiect Dates: July 2010 - February 2011


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QUARTIER EUROPEEN

Status - Commission - 2010 - 2012 - Location - Brussels, Belgium Program - Public space Team - Benoit Moritz, Jean Marc Simon, Alain Simon, Pierre Escobar

Task Masterplanning and small public and urban interventions in the EU district of Brussels ( 28 weeks)

MSA + NEY & PARTNERS Adress: quai des Charbonnages, 30-34, 1080, Brussels Position: Archtiect Dates: July 2010 - February 2011


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QUARTIER EUROPEEN

Axonometris of the different interventions

MSA + NEY & PARTNERS Adress: quai des Charbonnages, 30-34, 1080, Brussels Position: Archtiect Dates: July 2010 - February 2011


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